The following are some of this week's reports from the MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Project, which translates and analyzes content from sources monitored around the clock, among them the most important jihadi websites and blogs. (To view these reports in full, you must be a paying member of the JTTM; for membership information, send an email to [email protected] with "Membership" in the subject line.)
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On September 9, 2016, Al-Qaeda's media wing Al-Sahab released a video message by the group's leader, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Al-Zawahiri reiterates the reasons behind the attacks and their impact on the U.S., and urges the mujahideen to focus on targeting the U.S. and its allies and to bring the battle onto Western soil. "As long as your crimes continue, the events of 9/11 will be repeated thousands of times, Allah willing," he says. Appealing to non-Muslim African-Americans, he blames their woes on the U.S. and calls to them to convert to Islam.
Following the reports, on August 30, 2016, on the death of Abu Muhammad Al-'Adnani, who was the spokesman of the Islamic State (ISIS) and one of its top commanders, ISIS mouthpieces, and supporters of the organization, began posting articles, poems and videos that eulogized him, praised his career, and encouraged others to follow his example and fight the enemies more fiercely than ever.
On September 12, 2016, the information office of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Al-Furat Province, Iraq, posted a 14-minute video titled "The Frightening Lightning." The video, which was posted on pro-ISIS Telegram channels, shows ISIS fighters engaged in combat against Iraqi soldiers and Shi'ite militia members throughout Al-Furat Province. It also shows a large quantity of weapons taken as loot during the fighting, as well as numerous enemy bodies. The video also praises the ISIS fighters for their courage and shows images of fighters who fell in combat, adding that jihad is the only path to defeat the enemies wherever they are.
A site belonging to the "Cyber Kahilafah," a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) hacking group, has appeared on ZeroNet, a serverless peer-to-peer (P2P) network utilizing crowd-sourcing to host websites. The decentralized web platform uses Bitcoin cryptography and the BitTorrent network.
In the last month, several pro-Islamic State (ISIS) websites have emerged on ZeroNet, a decentralized peer-to-peer (P2P) network that uses the BitTorrent network and Bitcoin cryptography. ZeroNet says that it is an "uncensorable" network whose websites are "impossible to shut down."
On September 12, 2016, a British ISIS fighter and recruiter on Facebook, shared a photo of a handwritten letter allegedly written by the women who carried out an attack on a police station in Mombasa, Kenya on September 11, 2016. On September 13, ISIS's official news agency A'maq claimed responsibility for the attack.
On September 14, 2015, a Jabhat Fath Al-Sham (JFS) fighter shared a video and still images from it via the Snapchat app in which he thanked his followers for their donations. In the video, he shows off a few AK-47s that he says he bought thanks to this funding, noting that each had cost $2,000. The funding also went towards acquiring night vision goggles which cost $6,000 for each pair. The Venice, California-based Snapchat allows users to private-message others and to broadcast public content.
On September 13, 2016, Jabhat Fath Al-Sham (JFS), the Syria-based jihadi group formerly known as Jabhat Al-Nusrah (JN), released a statement condemning the recent Russia-U.S. ceasefire agreement, calling it a "new conspiracy" aimed at "dividing the ranks of the jihadi groups in Syria and preserving the Assad regime and its institutions." In the statement, which was posted on the JFS official Twitter account, the group praised the jihadi groups in Syria that had released statements condemning and rejecting the agreement, and commended them for "committing to the principle of brotherhood based on religion and to [pledging] loyalty to the believers."
On September 14, 2016, Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP) media team, which publishes the group's English- language magazine Inspire, distributed a two-page document in reaction to the arrest of several women in France on suspicions of preparing a terrorist attack in the name of the Islamic State (ISIS).
The document, titled "Comment on arresting our Muslim sisters in France", accuses the French government of committing crimes against Muslim women in France under the guise of its "war against Islam and the Muslims." The authors call upon jihadis in the West to not allow women to participate in "lone jihad operations," instead urging Muslim men in France to carry out attacks.
On the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, the Syrian branch of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) released a video for a nasheed in the Uyghur language titled "Today Is Our Eid Al-Adha," which celebrates the Muslim holiday, praises fighters who have been killed for the cause, and promises to continue fighting the enemies.
On September 12, 2016, Sawt Al-Islam ("The Voice of Islam"), the official media arm of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), published a 9-minute video in which Sheikh 'Abd Al-Razaq Al-Mahdi, a Syria-based cleric associated with Jabhat Fath Al-Sham (JFS, formerly Jabhat Al-Nusra), calls on Muslims living in East Turkestan to hold onto their religion firmly. In the video, which was posted on the GIMF Telegram channel, Al-Mahdi accused the Chinese government, which he called "infidel and atheist," of attempting to hinder Muslims from adhering to their religion.
On September 11, 2016, the Syrian branch of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) released Part 23 in its "Call from the Frontlines of Jihad" video series, which features fighters urging Muslims living in Turkestan to make hijra and join them in Syria. The series is presented entirely in the Uyghur language and does not include subtitles.